Peculiarities of Anarchism of South-Western Estonia
20.05 - 12.06.2016
Tanel Saar, Cornman, 2002
Place: Attic of Kronprinz barracks, Kaliningrad, 38 Litovsky val, entrance No.6, 4th floor
Estonia is a very small country and you might think that there is no room here for more than one school of artists. But there is. This exhibition introduces contemporary art by the Pärnu school.
“Southwest Estonian anarchism” is not an official term – it was coined in a rather random situation by art historian and curator Eha Komissarov. Yet, it is perfect to describe the Pärnu school of artists, being essentially logical and at the same time an intriguing brand.
Pärnu, a town known as a holiday resort, is located precisely in southwest Estonia. In the present context, anarchism does not entail a political position; rather, the definition points to the activity of the Pärnu school of artists outside the hierarchies and established traditions of the art world.
This art phenomenon in Pärnu, which burned brightly and ended quickly, has left behind several independent professional artists with an individual creative approach. Together they form the core of the Pärnu art scene.
Looking from the outside, we may not even find any common traits among the members of the southwest Estonian anarchist school, but they are essentially held together by their sense of the performance: art is seen as a process rather than diligently striving towards a fixed goal. Performance often also represents the subject of their work – whether in painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation and photography, as well as, of course, video art.
In the Estonian art scene, which is currently conducted from Tallinn, the anarchists of southwest Estonia are still seen as a bunch of weird outsiders. Indeed, they may occasionally pack a surprisingly strong punch, but they are still not fully welcome among the major players.
Photos from the opening:
Photo: Janno Bergmann
Video from the opening:
Video: Vlad Kosyak
Curator: Janno Bergmann
Coorganizer: Pärnu Linnagalerii (Pärnu, Estonia)
Artists: Janno Bergmann, Billeneeve, Andrus Joonas, Tanel Saar, Siram, Sorge, Rauno Teider, Ville-Karel Viirelaid, Art Container group, Cnopt group, Rubens group, circus-art-theater Põleva Kaelaga Kirjak
Opening: May 20, 20:00
Opening times: Tuesday-Sunday, 15:00-20:00, admission 100 roubles
Communication: Andrey Efits, +7 (921) 263-56-00, +7 (4012) 60-43-29, firstname.lastname@example.org
Links: Pärnu Linnagalerii
May 21, 15:00: lecture Estonian Art: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow by Mary Kartau and artist talks by Janno Bergmann, Andrus Joonas, Billeneeve and Margus Tiitsmaa.